A recent article of Harvard Business Review is talking about the biggest frustrations for employees in open offices.
Sure, open offices can make a great impact to a visitor, but for the people working there the positive aspects, having for example more light and an eventual view of nature instead of concrete walls, are not enough.
Following are the top reasons why employees don’t like open offices:
The biggest issue is with no doubt sound!
Sound privacy is on top position, meaning that there is no place for private conversation and everybody will be part of your team talk.
Annoyance caused by noise is a big issue too, and that means other people having to hear your conversations combined with the general office noise, such as phones ringing and people coming in and out, which have a tremendous affect on your productivity.
Furthermore, it seems that people suffer the lack of visual privacy and the fact that office temperature can not be individually adjusted.
How to drown out annoying noises?
In order to best mask annoying noises and co-workers chitchat, you should choose some white or pink noise, but also rain or a river stream are very suitable sounds to block out others.
Layer it with some pleasant sounds and you should be able to fully concentrate on your work no matter what is going on around you.
Here’s our little background sound that should help in such situations.
– Your Noisli Team